Building a network infrastructure today is entirely different from the infrastructures just a decade ago. Many systems are now moving to cloud-based or hybrid environments and security has become a paramount concern. Not only are networks today more vulnerable than ever due to the Internet of Things and mobile devices, but there are also a wide variety of sophisticated attacks that can be launched at any time. To protect a network against these threats, layered security methods and other new best practices are becoming vital.
Layered Security: Protecting Your Most Important Assets
Layered security solutions put the most important digital assets of a business in a higher level of security — like having a safe in a locked office. Modern threats can come from anywhere, including from within the network. A layered security system protects the company’s critical and core business assets even in the event that other layers of security are penetrated. This gives the company time to both find and mitigate any threats before their information is stolen or damaged. Layered security systems also offer the ability to keep less than secured device — such as mobile devices — quarantined in their own area of the network.
Identity as a Service: Investing in the Single Sign On
As cloud-based services and other infrastructure options become more common, many employees find themselves juggling multiple identities — login names and passwords. Though this may seem to be an inconvenient annoyance, it’s also a security issue. Having multiple logins means that the security of multiple systems has to be tracked at once. By creating an identity-as-a-service system, only a single identity and login system will need to be tracked by security personnel. This makes it easier to restrict and grant access, remove and add employees, and manage help desks.
Unified Threat Management: Consolidated Security Reporting
Modern infrastructures are extremely spread out. As networks get larger, unified threat management systems become more important. UTMs are able to track suspicious activity and actions across the entirety of the network, thereby alerting security personnel if anything occurs throughout the whole system. UTMs are especially important for businesses that have smaller in-house staff, such as small-to-midsized businesses. Otherwise it can be prohibitively difficult for a single IT professional or a handful of IT professionals to both manage the system and its security. A unified threat management system consolidates many of the aspects of network security and provides an all-in-one dashboard of alerts, events, and other useful and timely information. This also improves a company’s response time to potential threats — something that can drastically reduce the cost of a data breach.
Network infrastructures need faster, more responsive, and more comprehensive security systems if they are to protect themselves from growing threats. The above best practices are designed to create a single consolidated system with granular security controls, which can be controlled with relatively small amounts of in-house IT staff — or through a managed service provider. The more automated and streamlined a security system is, the more likely it is to be secure.